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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dave Hoekstra  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

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Illinois Connection

Dave Hoekstra grew up in Naperville and lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dave Hoekstra has been a ''Chicago Sun-Times'' staff writer since 1985. His work has also appeared in ''Playboy'' magazine, the ''Chicago Reader'' and the ''Journal of Country Music'', published by the Country Music Hall of Fame. Since 1995 he has written the popular Sunday "Detours" column in the Sun-Times travel section, and 66 of those road explorations have been collected in the book ''Ticket to Everywhere: The Best of the Detours Travel Column''. Hoekstra's newspaper competitior, the ''Chicago Tribune'', called the book "fun and endearing ... Hoekstra has a nose for the unusual and offbeat, the places and people that are full of character. Popular singer Jimmy Buffett gave the book high praise, saying, "all these years I have been seeking adventures in exotic jungles and tropical locations. Hell, I am heading to the Mid-west."He also wrote and co-produced the WTTW-Channel 11 special ''The Staple Singers and the Civil Rights Movement'', nominated for a 2001-02 Chicago Emmy for Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Program - Cultural Significance.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Country Music Stars: The Legends and the New Breed
ISBN: 156173697X

Pubns Intl Ltd. 1993

Offers profiles of over seventy country stars whose careers account for eight decades of country music

Ticket to Everywhere : The Best of "Detours" Travel Column
ISBN: 1893121119

Lake Claremont Pr. 2000

Book by Hoekstra, Dave

Farm Aid: A Song for America
ISBN: 1594862850

Rodale Books. 2005

A celebration of Farm Aid's 20th anniversary-a beautifully designed treasure documenting the struggles and contributions of family farmers in America and the more than 200 American artists who have played on the Farm Aid stage.

When Willie Nelson organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985, he hoped it would be a one-time event that would ensure the continued survival of the national treasure upon which our country was founded: the independent family farmer.

But two decades later, the nation is still losing an average of 330 family farms per week. And the annual Farm Aid concert, which has helped to raise more than $26 million to keep family farmers on their land, is now the longest running benefit concert in history. To commemorate this landmark and to call renewed attention to the importance of where, how, and by whom our food is produced, Farm Aid has put together this volume.

Essays, interviews, poems, song lyrics, and fictional excerpts mix with more than 200 color and black-and-white photographs, including shots of farmland and farmers, as well as never-before-seen pictures of Farm Aid performers, from the late Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison to Bob Dylan and Bonnie Raitt. Among the many contributors are writers Eric Schlosser and Howard Zinn performers Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris photographers Paul Natkin and Ebet Roberts and Farm Aid board members Neil Young, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, and Willie Nelson.

The Unofficial Guide to Chicago (Unofficial Guides)
ISBN: 0470042079

Wiley. 2007

From the publishers of The Unofficial Guide® to Walt Disney World®

"A Tourist's Best Friend!"
—Chicago Sun-Times

—The New York Times

The Top 10 Ways The Unofficial Guide to Chicago Can Help You Have the Perfect Trip:

  1. Information that's candid, critical, and totally objective
  2. Hotels reviewed and ranked for value and quality—plus secrets for getting the lowest possible rate
  3. More than 70 restaurants reviewed and profiled, with listings for dozens more
  4. A complete guide to Chicago's sights—museums, architecture, ethnic neighborhoods, and more
  5. Complete information on Chicago's lakefront beaches and parks
  6. The inside story on shopping—where to get the best for less, on and off the Magnificent Mile
  7. All the details on Chicago's nightlife—jazz and blues clubs, dance clubs, concerts, theater, and more
  8. The best places to play golf and tennis, ride a bike, go boating, and work out
  9. Tips on enjoying Chicago with your kids
  10. Advice on how to plan and make the most of your business trip

Get the unbiased truth on hundreds of hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more in The Unofficial Guide to Chicago—the resource that helps you save money, save time, and make your trip the best it can be.


In 1987, he won the Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick-O-Type Award for Column Writing. Dave was honored at the 2005 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

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